Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Exodus Chapter 25
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 25:1-9
25:1And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, 25:2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they take for me an offering: of every man whose heart maketh him willing ye shall take my offering. 25:3And this is the offering which ye shall take of them: gold, and silver, and brass, 25:4and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 25:5and rams' skins dyed red, and sealskins, and acacia wood, 25:6oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense, 25:7onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate. 25:8And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 25:9According to all that I show thee, the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the furniture thereof, even so shall ye make it.
August 22, 1937: Exodus 25:1-2,8-9
“And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying ...” What is the significance of these often repeated words? These words indicate the close connection between the evolutionary law, represented by Moses, and the divine law toward which the evolutionary law is tending. We naturally think of the divine law as in the beginning, the foundation of all things, but it is also the goal of all our endeavor, the
“One far-off divine event,
To which the whole creation moves.”
Why were the Children of Israel to give for the tabernacle only as their hearts made them willing? The only gift that can pass from man to God is the gift moved by free will. Compulsory gifts miscarry because of the misdirected motive behind them. Communion between God and man is established at the will of man.
What is the true “pattern” or policy of a nation according to the divine law? The nation established on a foundation of God consciousness is the only body politic imbued with the life principle. Of such a nation Isaiah foretold, “They shall inherit the land for ever.” The pattern or policy of national righteousness insures practices that are true to the form as well as to the essence of greatness in a nation.
What does the “furniture” of the tabernacle represent? The furniture represents the citizens of the state founded in righteousness. The “pattern of all the furniture” is the ideal perfection of the Son of God, man.
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 25:10-22
25:10And they shall make an ark of acacia wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 25:12And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four feet thereof; and two rings shall be on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 25:13And thou shalt make staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14And thou shalt put the staves into the rings on the sides of the ark, wherewith to bear the ark. 25:15The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 25:16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
25:17And thou shalt make a mercy-seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 25:18And thou shalt make two cherubim of gold; of beaten work shalt thou make them, at the two ends of the mercy-seat. 25:19And make one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other end: of one piece with the mercy-seat shall ye make the cherubim on the two ends thereof. 25:20And the cherubim shall spread out their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy-seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 25:21And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 25:22And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 25:23-30
25:23And thou shalt make a table of acacia wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:24And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. 25:25And thou shalt make unto it a border of a handbreadth round about; and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. 25:26And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. 25:27Close by the border shall the rings be, for places for the staves to bear the table. 25:28And thou shalt make the staves of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. 25:29And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and the spoons thereof, and the flagons thereof, and the bowls thereof, wherewith to pour out: of pure gold shalt thou make them. 25:30And thou shalt set upon the table showbread before me alway.
Metaphysically Interpreting Exodus 25:31-40
25:31And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made, even its base, and its shaft; its cups, its knops, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it. 25:32And there shall be six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof: 25:33three cups made like almond-blossoms in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three cups made like almond-blossoms in the other branch, a knop and a flower: so for the six branches going out of the candlestick: 25:34and in the candlestick four cups made like almond-blossoms, the knops thereof, and the flowers thereof; 25:35and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the candlestick. 25:36Their knops and their branches shall be of one piece with it; the whole of it one beaten work of pure gold. 25:37And thou shalt make the lamps thereof, seven: and they shall light the lamps thereof, to give light over against it. 25:38And the snuffers thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. 25:39Of a talent of pure gold shall it be made, with all these vessels. 25:40And see that thou make them after their pattern, which hath been showed thee in the mount.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-03-2014